48 Cold LinkedIn Message Templates to Help Win More Leads

By: Jack Reamer |
 September 12, 2022 |

We don’t believe in sending prospects generic copy-paste Linkedin cold messages.  


Because they simply don’t work. And we want our readers to have successful lead gen campaigns, so there won’t be easy copy-paste templates in this article. (But rather templates for inspiration.)

(Note: Prospects know when you have sent the same spammy message to hundreds of other people in your network. In a way, most people have spam filters built into their minds which makes them ignore anything that doesn’t look personal.)

What we have done for this specific article, is compile some of our best
message examples, that have gotten results, which you can use and adapt in your cold outreach and how to write these messages to get results.

(So there will be some ideas here to spark your creativity 🙂 )

(If 20+ qualified leads a month sounds like a win for your business, please get in touch with us for a
free 15-minute consultation call. We offer Linkedin lead generation services for less than the price of hiring a full-time sales rep; with no locked-in contracts. )

How to write a connection request for lead gen.

If you have read some of our articles in the past, you will know that personalization plays a huge role in the success of our lead generation campaigns. 

(Note: Ultra-targeted and refined list building is also incredibly important for your company’s lead gen success. Not sure how to build the perfect list of your ideal target audience? Read this –https://salesbread.com/the-best-done-for-you-lead-generation-service/

And if there is no personalization in your direct messages, prospects are going to just ignore you on Linkedin.

Here is what to do if you would like to write a personalized connection request message

Let’s say for example, that you would like to reach out to all companies that provide mental wellness coaching for employees.

You will then build a list of businesses that you would like to reach out to and then plug that list into Linkedin. 

Once the prospect’s profile comes up, look through it and see what you could use for writing a personalized message. 

At Salesbread we use the CCQ method.  

Which stands for:

  • Compliment
  • Commonalities 
  • Questions
As you read the Linkedin profile above, think of either a compliment, a commonality (like a mutual connection), or a question to ask the prospect. 

Look through their recent activity and find something that you can use to engage with them. 

For example, the above person (Nicholas Jemetta) posted this on Linkedin:

You could then use a connection request message that goes along these lines: 

“Nicholas, I loved your post on the “best client feedback you ever received”; It just shows how mental wellness coaching is so important even to little ones. Would love to connect with you. Michaela”

Be sincere in your messages and find something that’s meaningful to compliment the prospect on.

Or if you can’t find a compliment, mention a shared commonality or ask them a question about how their business is dealing with XYZ…

Connection request templates for inspiration and adaptation

1. Hi (Name), I’m looking to expand my network with fellow business owners and professionals. I would love to learn about what you do and see if there’s any way we can support each other. Cheers!

2. Hi (Name) I’m looking to connect with like-minded professionals specifically who are on the revenue-generating side of things. Let’s connect!

3. Hey (Name) Came across your profile and saw you work in real estate. I’m reaching out to connect with other like-minded people. Would be happy to make your acquaintance. Have a good day!

4. Hi (Name) LinkedIn showed me your profile multiple times now, so I checked what you do. I really like your work and as we are both in the creative industry – I thought I’ll reach out. It’s always great to be connected with like-minded individuals, isn’t it?(Your Name)

5. Hey (Name) I hope your week is off to a great start, I noticed we both work in the HR/Employee Experience field together. I would love to connect with you.

6. Listening to you now & subscribed! Just stumbled upon your podcast and wanted to say thank you for sharing your insights using them to help land a lead gen job. Thank you!Dear (Name) My name is (XYZ) and I am a partner in the (name of company). My team and I have a great idea for a book that would greatly enhance your credibility and visibility. Do you have 15 minutes to talk this week?

7. Hi (Name)I hope you’re doing great! I’m on a personal mission to grow my connections on LinkedIn, especially in the field of B2B lead & demand gen. So even though we’re practically strangers, I’d love to connect with you. Have a great day!

8. Great to meet a fellow podcast host. I am the host of (podcast name) and looking forward to having you as a guest on the show.

9. Hi (Name), I wanted to reach out, as it seems like you would be the right person to discuss travel management given your role — although you may not be currently traveling, would you be interested in exploring how (company name) can help you prepare for the future of business travel? Best,(Your name)

10. Hi (Name) I was looking at your profile and noticed we had a few shared connections. I thought it would be nice to reach out to connect with you and share our networks. Thank you and hope all is well!

11. Hi (Name). I hope you’re doing great! I’m on a personal mission to grow my connections on LinkedIn, especially in the field of B2B lead & demand gen. So even though we’re practically strangers, I’d love to connect with you. Have a great day!

12. A friend pointed me your way for B2B lead gen – would love to connect.

How to write a Linkedin follow-up message.

When it comes to follow-ups, you need to add even more personalization to your messages.

At this point, you want to engage with the prospect to just get your foot in the door for a booked sales meeting. 

It’s also important to note that you need to be fully transparent. Let them know for context what your company does. We normally do this with a “Ps.”  at the end of our messages. 

The reason for this is that they know what to expect. You’re giving the prospect a heads up about where these messages might lead to. 


You also never want to use a sleazy sales pitch in your Linkedin cold outreach

The reason? 

This will make potential customers run for the hills. 

Remember, Linkedin outreach is to just get your foot in the door to get on that sales call.

If you sell in your messages, you’re making it easy for the prospect to say no, or to just simply ignore you. 

In saying this, think of the 90/10 rule. This means: Talk about the prospect 90% of the time and only 10% about yourself. 

So once your prospect connects with you, you can send them your first follow-up message.

We suggest following up 3-5 times depending on when the prospect gets back to you.  

Follow-up templates for inspiration and adaptation

1. {first_name} good to connect, By the way, congrats on your new role at {company name.}

2. Good to connect (first name). By the way, what are your favorite hiking spots these days? Saw you’re in charge of account management, do you also handle clip reports (to keep clients updated?) Or am I way off?

3. {first_name}, good to connect. By the way, happy to give you an intro to anyone in my network now that we’re connected. I’ve been doing some research on (XYZ) (We provide (what your company does.)Since we’re newly connected, I’d like to share this post with you: (Share a link that’s helpful from your website.) P.S. It explains (XYZ)

4. Hi {first_name}, If you could help {company_name} with (XYZ) would that be worth a short conversation? I’m asking because of XYZ. Worth a short conversation?

5. Thanks for connecting {first_name}. I’d love to connect outside of Linkedin too. Very curious to hear about where you get most of your (XYZ). What does your calendar look like over the next week or two to connect? PS: For background, my company does (XYZ).

6. Hi {first_name} Thanks for connecting. We just opened our (discuss in short what your company does) I’d like to share some details about this opportunity with you. What’s your best email? {your name}

7. {first_name} (Add a custom intro sentence) My company is looking to invest in XYZ. Ps: For background, we have X + years in the industry. We have already purchased from companies such as XYZ

8. {first_name} There is an upcoming webinar next month on XYZ. It’s invite-only and specifically for leaders in the (XYZ space). In fact, I’m sure you already know some executives in the group. What’s the best way to arrange a short conversation over the next few days?

9. {first_name} Good to connect. Now that we are connected, do you mind if I ask you about your approach to XYZ? I’m curious – How do you (Ask a question about their strategy) Could we get on a quick call next week at (time, date.) Ps: For background, after helping (mention what you do and how you have helped other companies) I’ve been exploring new ways to forecast revenue and ROI. I can share insights if this piques your interests?

10. Good to connect {first_name} (Add a custom intro sentence) To be transparent, I do XYZ and we help with XYZ… Does this resonate with you? Or are you pretty happy with where you are right now?

How we write CTAs

When it comes to writing calls to action in your cold message templates, you need to remember to be really clear about what you want from the prospect

In our case, we always ask for a booked sales meeting.  

But your call to action could be different depending on what you would like the prospect to do. 

We ask for sales meetings because this then helps our clients pitch their product/service to their potential leads. 

The important thing to remember is to try to make it as easy as possible for the prospect to say yes.

This could be by asking them to send their Calendy link to you so that you could book the meeting; or by sending your Calendly link to them, so all they have to do is choose a time and date. 

Call to action ideas for inspiration and adaptation.

1. Are you available for a chat?

2. How is your availability for a 10 min call this week?

3. I’d love to share more on why you may need [PRODUCT] and how it can help [BENEFIT].

4. How’s {{=day}} next week look for a 15-minute call?

5. Are you free for a call this Friday to discuss [MAIN BENEFIT]?

6. Are you available for a quick call in the next few days to see if [MY PRODUCT] aligns with your goals?

7. When are you free to connect this week? You can use this link to book directly on my calendar.

8. Can we target {{=bday+2}} afternoon to discuss [BENEFIT/PROBLEM]?

9. What’s the best way to schedule 5 minutes to talk?

10. Would you have some time next {{=day}} to discuss?

11. If you find the spec interesting, should we set up a confidential chat?

12. Can we grab time Thursday afternoon to see if [MY COMPANY] aligns with your goals for this year?

13. Are you available for a quick meeting to discuss your use case and see if we can assist in any way?

14. Do you think it could help {{company. name}}? If so, happy to tell you how (here’s my calendar) or show you a demo.

15. Want me to coordinate with your assistant?

Do these kinds of messages work? Here are our stats:

We have used many of the above messages in our outreach strategy.

Last year alone, Salesbread managed to generate close to 5000 qualified leads for our clients. 

Below shows our average connection request acceptance rate, our average reply rates, and our lead rate per day.

Most of our clients are seeing even more than 20 + qualified leads per month. 


Connection Request Acceptance Rate


Positive Reply Rate

Qualified Leads Per Day

A quick recap for writing Linkedin messages that get responses

  • Always build ultra-targeted lists of prospects before you reach out.  Read this article to see how we build lists

  • Research each Linkedin user on your list in order to write personalized messages.

  • Add personalization to your connection requests and follow-ups. (Especially in your first message as this creates a pattern interrupt.)

  • Remember the 90/10 rule – Speak about the prospect 90% of the time and only 10% about yourself for context.

  • Use the CCQ method. Remember, compliment, commonalities (common ground), and questions. 

  • Don’t be a sleazy salesperson by pitching in your outreach messages. Rather share how your product or service can solve the prospects’ pain points. 

  • Have a strong call to action that asks for a booked meeting and make it as easy as possible for the prospect to say yes, as this will lead to greater response rates

Interested in getting 20+ qualified leads per month?

Please get in touch. 

At Salesbread, not only do we offer lead generation services, but we also offer consultations.

So whether you would like to hire a lead generation agency, or just hop on a call to get expert advice, hit the button below.

Salesbread uses a multichannel approach that includes Linkedin outreach, cold emailing, and SMS to get you 1 qualified lead per day. 

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